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sachem longrifle

Why don't you guys like mono for downrigger rods?

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is it just because of the stretch?? It seems the walleye guides on LOTW use mono

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The walleye guides aren't fishing the depths we do on the big lake. The more line you have out the more stretch.

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The walleye guides aren't fishing the depths we do on the big lake. The more line you have out the more stretch.


Would it be ok to use mono for the planer(inline) board rods on the Big pond??

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Sure thats what most guys use on for boards. You can use mono on the Downriggers as well, its just that once the lakers are on the bottom in deep water you get the stretch.

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we use triline big game on everything except our dipsy, wire, and lead rods. We don't do a ton of fishing on the bottom for those big lakers so mono works just fine for the depths we're fishing. when we do go deep it still works fine although something with a little less stretch would be nice.

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I use mono on everything

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HAVE ALWAYS USED MONO ON LAKE MICHIGAN. I LIKE THE EXTRA STRETCH. KINDA ACTS LIKE A SHOCK ABSORBER WHEN A FISH STRIKES. HAVE NEVER HAD PROBLEMS WITH HOOK UPS, BUT THEN AGAIN WE ARE ONLY FISHING 100 FEET DOWN AND REALLY DONT FISH LAKERS AT ALL.

NOW IF I WAS MOOCHING THEM, I WOULD DEFINITELY USE SOME KIND OF BRAID.

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Theres a thread similar to this one. I've copied my reply here.

use the same rods on my boards and downriggers. I like the lighter mono line when fishing the surface. One thing to consider as you start going deeper is the line stretch.

I've haven't lost any fish because of line stretch nor do hook ups matter off a rigger but when you have a bigger fish on down deep you end fighting the line. That could be a good thing with an inexperienced person because its tends to keep tension on the fish and acts like a shock absorber. The down side is when you pump the rod your stretching the line and as you reel down you don't gain much because of the stretch. If you went with 17# you'd get less stretch. Some guys will use a braid for downrigging the deep fall meat rigs, some run the braid throughout the whole season.

So you could use mono and have a couple rods spooled with a braid like Power Pro and use them for the deeper downrigger or dipsy sets.

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